Easter: Traders at Kaneshie market complain of low patronage

Traders at the Kaneshie Market Complex in the Greater Accra Region have complained of low sales during this Easter season, despite high expectation of making good sales.

The traders who said sales usually booms during festive occasions were unhappy about decline in sales in recent years, with this year’s Easter not being an exception.

They attributed the low patronage to poor economic situation of the country and asked government to inject some capital into businesses to turn the fortunes of traders around.

This came up when GBC News visited the market to ascertain how business is faring this Easter.

Easter Mondays over the years has been reserved for relaxation and engaging in outdoor activities such as picnics, carnival and other get together events.

With loud music, celebrants use Monday to round up weekend long activities of Easter celebration. All such activities cannot go without the mention of food and other accompaniments that comes with the celebration.

A visit to the Kaneshie Market Complex in the Okaikoi South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, saw minimal activities by shoppers and traders. That notwithstanding, on display were a range of products such as food stuffs, footwear, clothes, fruits and vegetables among others.

Most of the traders complained of general low sales this Easter, with Easter Monday shopping not being any different.

Although some were hopeful things would pick up in the course of day, others attributed the situation to impact of the COVID-19.

They explained COVID-19, has seen little of mass gathering events which characterises such festivities and consequently  impacting negatively on their businesses.

Meanwhile, sanitation of the market seems to have improved taking into consideration the long weekend.

Story By: Rachel Kakraba

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